Amos beats Rudisha again, Merritt cruises home

Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:43pm EDT
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ZURICH (Reuters) - Botswana's Nijel Amos repeated his Commonwealth Games win over Olympic champion David Rudisha in the men's 800 meters at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich on Thursday.

Amos surged down the home straight to win while Rudisha, who tried to attack from the back, did not have the legs to catch him and finished third after being caught by Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman.

"I ran my own race, I felt very good," said Amos, silver medalist behind Rudisha at the Olympic Games, after winning in 1:43.77.

"It is no surprise for me to win the race today... I do not think about who is in the race, whether it is Rudisha or somebody else."

Rudisha, the world record holder, said he was glad to be nearly fully fit after an injury-hit season.

"I am at 85 or 90 percent of my shape," said the Kenyan. "I am not at my best form.

"I wanted to see if I could run a tactical race from behind. I am happy now after my injury problems... Hopefully, I can come back strong next year, it was a good experiment for me, it was good to test myself.”

NOT MOTIVATED   Continued...

Lashawn Merritt of the U.S.celebrates winning the men's 400 metres event during the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich